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Medicare Part D "Do-nut Hole"Posted Thursday, August 19, 2010, at 11:29 AM
If you or someone you know is close to the do-nut hole (coverage gap) or in it already you will (or have) received a check for $250 from the federal government to help get through it. Remember, you do not have to do anything to get this check, no application, no phone call, no giving of social security or Medicare number...NOTHING. There are folks out there who will try to scam you by calling and asking for your social security number and/or birth date in order to get your $250. Don't do it!!! Don't ever give that number to someone who calls you and be careful even if you have called them.
It may take up to 75 days after you get into the do-nut hole to receive your check. Be sure that Social Security and your prescription drug plan have your correct address. That is the one problem that Medicare is having getting the checks to the people. Many checks are being returned to Medicare because they do not have the correct address. Please be sure that your plan has your correct address.
For the 10th consecutive year the Kinship Care Network of southeast Missouri is hosting the GrandFamily Conference on October 14. This year it will be held at a new location, St. Andrew Lutheran Church, corner of N. Kingshighway and Cape Rock Dr in Cape Girardeau.
The Exhibit Hall opens at 8:45 a.m. where a continental breakfast will be provided, with the conference beginning at 9:00 a.m. Sessions include True Color Parenting; Programs for Financial Assistance; Project Safe Childhood; Info on New Healthcare Reform; Identity theft and as always Legal Issues affecting grandparents.
There will be free lunch for those pre-registering and lots of door prizes. To register for this conference please call Gail at 800-392-8771 or locally at 335-3331 on or before October 7.
If you need childcare or transportation please let Gail know when you call to register. We need to know how many to expect so we can have enough food and handouts.
Oral Health and Diabetes Management
The Missouri Dental Association has a new public education campaign. Oral health plays a very important role in total health. For Diabetics it is very important to keep a close watch on oral health because people with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing gum disease because they take longer to heal and have a lower resistance to disease. If you experience symptoms such as red, swollen, tender or bleeding gums, you should see your dentist every three to six months. Bad breath may be a helpful reminder to get checked for gum disease. Controlling your blood sugar reduces your risk for developing gum disease.
Higher levels of glucose in saliva promote the growth of bacteria that cause plaque. Take extra care to brush and floss twice daily. Remember it is very important to have a regular oral health screening for everyone but especially for those with diabetes.
Ruth Dockins is the Public Information Director for the Southeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging and author of 'Age Spots,' a column/blog which is featured in several Southeast Missouri newspapers and is devoted to seniors and senior lifestyles.
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